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Contemporary, space-saving inkjet printers

Epson has announced the latest additions to its line-up of inkjet printers. The Expression Premium XP-6100 series and XP-7100 compact all-in-ones are great for producing both high-quality photos and sharp documents, while also being economical with double-sided printing and individual inks. Wireless printing and scanning is easy – laptops can benefit from Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, while smart phones and tablets can also utilise the compatible free Epson apps – iPrint and Creative Print. A first for the Expression Premium range, the XP-7100 additionally offers a doublesided ADF for multi-page scanning and copying.

Epson’s latest cartridge-free EcoTank printers, ET-2710 and ET-2711, are the first entry-level models to incorporate the re-engineered design with front facing ink tanks. This design offers improved stability and a more compact footprint. Typical of the EcoTank range, these printers will minimise refills and reduce ink costs by 90% on average, printing up to 4,500 pages in black and 7,500 in colour from just one set of high-yield ink bottles. It’s also easy to print from mobiles and tablets with flexible connectivity solutions.

Ringdale solution for Lexmark

Ringdale’s FollowMe embedded product now provides integrated support for Lexmark’s new generation of A4 workgroup printers and MFPs.

Available across the new A4 colour CS622de Series, CX520 Series, CX620 Series and large workgroup mono MS820e Series, MX720 Series and MX820 Series devices, the FollowMe embedded product provides enhanced usability, control and secure print management capability to meet the print, copy and scan needs of organisations’ head office, branch office and growing mobile workforce.

Katun helps streamline dealers’ operations

Katun has recently introduced several new products and services that enable office equipment dealers to streamline their operations while increasing efficiency and profitability.

Of note is the new Katun Dealer Fleet Management product, KDFM eXplorer. KDFM eXplorer is a secure way to make data always interactive using a multi-platform device collecting agent, either embedded on the device or running within the operating system. It includes full access to HP Smart Device Services, powered by MPS Monitor, to help technical staff in online diagnosis and device maintenance.

Neopost launches Packcity

Parcel locker
Parcel locker

Packcity is an intelligent, automated parcel locker solution which simplifies parcel delivery, collection, storage and management.

Designed for organisations receiving more than 50 deliveries per week on average, Packcity is comprised of modular secure electronic lockers with a touchscreen interface and software for reporting, tracking and monitoring. On delivery, items are scanned by mailroom staff and placed in one of the secure lockers. The touchscreen and internal address book which is loaded on installation and thereafter automatically updated on a daily basis, notifies parcel recipients of their delivery and provides them with a unique pin code. Recipients can then collect the item whenever it suits them using the one-time pin code.

New Develop mono printer range

Develop has added three new monochrome printers to its offer. The ineo 3602P/4402P/4702P feature a maximum output speed of 47 A4 pages per minute and are ideally equipped to serve as the main printer in a workgroup or small business and as a desktop device in larger firms. All three models come with a standard duplex printing function to save paper and energy.

New mono-chrome printer
New mono-chrome printer

For ease of use, the printers are extremely easy to operate thanks to a simple folder-like navigation concept. A particularly useful feature of the ineo 4402P/4702P is a 2.4-inch colour display with an intuitive operating principle and highlighted menus that show users the printer’s status, operating options and settings.

The lightweight design and small footprint of these three printers can be a big advantage in a cramped office or in a desktop printing situation, providing users with a fast and efficient personal printer for output of confidential documents in areas such as HR or finance.

Printing gets a voice

HP has extended voice activated printing to consumers in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India, following its launch in the US.

A skill for two of the three major smart speaker platforms Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant (support for Microsoft Cortana is still only available in the US) will enable users of its web-enabled printers to connect their devices to the virtual assistant ecosystem and initiate printing through spoken commands.

Connectivity with smart speakers is just the first step in voice-enabling HP devices. In the future, it is likely that voice commands will be integrated directly into its printers, eliminating the need to communicate via an additional device.

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